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What is your favorite sound(s) in nature?

Discussion in 'General Bushcraft Discussion' started by WhisperInThePine, May 19, 2017.

  1. WhisperInThePine

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    I will never forget one Saturday morning in the Michigan UP summer, driving out to my favorite bass fishing lake, and casting a line as a fog drifted over the lake. It had rained the last two days, and it was still overcast. As I was reeling in my spinner, two loons started calling each other from other sides of the lake. Their calls echoed across the water and through the woods.

    It was a perfect moment.

    I now live in Colorado, and no loons. But I miss that sound dearly. It triggers something deep inside, it's primeval and forlorn, but peaceful at the same moment.

    So what are your favorite sounds from nature? Campfires? The sound of a deer walking up on your blind? Coyotes howling in the dark?

     
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    One of my favourite is the sound of woodpeckers. Can watch those guys for hours
     
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    I read your title and "loon" was the first thing that popped into my head. The second thing I thought of was water running in a stream or river. I kinda chuckled when I opened the thread to see the OP had posted the loon.
     
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    One of My favorites is the call of the Whip-poor-will...
     
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    Rain on a tarp or tent and the pop of a campfire are a couple of my favorites. I often fall to sleep listening to an app of rain sounds.
     
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    Me too! The sound of the loon, gentle waves lapping on the pebbles, a campfire crackling away, the frogs peeping, crickets strumming...
     
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    Water - Sleeping next to a nice mountain stream. I really do not like white noise except for running water.
     
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    A turkey gobbling.
     
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    Yep,,, loons
     
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    ice cracking on a river or
    big lake.
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    The unexpected sound. A hummingbird buzzing by, an elk bugle or the crackling leaves under a squirrel as he hops from tree to tree. They all tend to make me smile...except the cows mooing...damn cows.
     
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    Turkey gobbles during the spring season, Frogs at night, Loons...In that order
     
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    In addition to some above, low level crickets and frogs. BUT, probably my favorite is a hoot owl.
     
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    I agree with all the above sounds mentioned, I like them all but probably my favorite sound, the most soothing to me is the sound of a cat purring. I know thats weird but it just calms me.
     
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    Quail chicago rallying call. Also their pit-pit call as they feed and move.
    Chukar laughing calls bouncing off of canyon walls in the morning.
    Coyote challenge call at the edge of camp after everyone has gone to sleep.
    Ki-ai scream from hawks.
     
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    I like woodpeckers, crickets, frogs, water and rain at varying intensities on different materials.

    But one of my favorite sounds is when you get a big flock of whistling/tundra swans together during their migration. I'll go so far as to call that sound holy. I'll never forget canoeing out to an island in the dark and going through about 3000 swans. They were calling all around us, probably a paddle length away. Then they started running on the water and flapping their wings to take off...their big old feet and wing tips slapping the water as they lifted off into silence...except for their calling. They were close! I bet we could have touched them with our paddles as they flew over us. But it was pitch black and we could not see them at all. Wow.

    This comes closest to doing them justice in the sound I remember...but needs to be multiplied to get the sense of 3000 critters. The real action starts at about 1:46


    This one has some great swan sounds as well, but is much longer...suitable for background sound when you're doing something else or to skip around on...


    There is a lot of swan footage on youtube...but finding one where the film crew's visitors (or maybe the crew themselves) are not talking is difficult.
     
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    Girlfriend and I own a cat. I know what you mean ;)
     
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    'Yotes howling ranks right up there with the "peepers" at night along with thunder in the distance. My favorite is a beer opening with the others in the background.
     
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    mourning doves and trees falling (due to that age old question)
     
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    Crickets and the sounds of wind through conifers
     
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    Dove call, frogs, cicadas
     
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    Thunder in the distance, sound of a mountain stream, and the crackling of a fire. Hard to choose which is top among them.

    Coyote Ron
     
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    That would be mine. Really tall conifers.
     
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    I'd go for the full meal deal: The waves lapping on the lake shore with the loons in the background, the breeze rustling the leaves, the crackle of the fire, and the hiss of the beer being opened.

    And just for good measure, I'd throw in some smells: The fresh salt air, the slight conifer scent, and the aromatic promise of a good feed.

    (Oh, and the utter absence of sound from other human beings!)
     
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    The wind through the trees and a gentle rain on my tarp at night.
     
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    Geese honking as they fly by. It's an added bonus if they're close enough to hear their wing beats..
     
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    Not exactly a wildlife sound, but I like the sounds of children playing in a creek. Soothing and drops 50 years off my age and memories flood in. joe
     
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    After reading all the responses, I'm thinking about favorite sounds!

    Water dripping from a paddle on a misty morning.
    The first crackle of a predawn campfire.
    The sliding zipper on a dew soaked tent.
    A drag of my reel singing, just after hooking my breakfast.
    A billy pot of tea water just coming to the boil.
    The buzz of thousands of mosquitos, just beyond my tent netting.
    Grouse drumming just off in the bush.
    The howl of a wolf as I lay snuggled in my warm sleeping bag.
    The slap of a beaver's tail, telling me s/he's found my camp.

    (Listing these could be an all day project!)
     
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    Right?
     
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    The song of the paddle.
     
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    All the little trout splashing as they feed. The sizzle of bacon as is crisps.
     
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    The sound of a swelled river flowing through the white mountains.


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    Tough to have a favorite, but probably that gurgling noise the water makes against the hull of a wood canvas canoe when driven across a perfectly flat/calm Adirondack pond on a cool Autumn day.

    Others:
    Loons
    The lap of small ripples on the side of a canoe while you're rebaiting a hook
    The wind in the pines
    The soft noise a fire makes when it's NOT crackling because of the quality of the fuel.
    Spring peepers
    The swish swish stop, swish swish stop, swish crack stop, of a deer walking up on your stand.

    edit: gotta add barred owls and chuck-will's-widows at dusk.
     
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    A gurgling stream, an elk bugle, a fish smacking back into the water after jumping for a nice meal near the surface.
     
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    I do miss all those lakes and rivers in the northwoods too. Some times I will just watch canoe videos on youtube to hear the sound of the paddles.

    A couple more of my favorites:
    The sound of a thick bed of Autumn leaves crunching under my feet as I walk through a woods glowing with red, yellow and orange.

    An elk bugle in the distance.
     
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    A hoot owl.
     
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    I watched that same video last night after posting about favorite outdoors music
     
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    Loons for me are number one also
    Then it's the sound of katydids and crickets on a hot August night. I hate the heat but for some reason I just love that sound.
    Then it's the Wood Peewee. Very soothing bird call. I look forward to it every spring.
     
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    For me, it is hands down the call of the loon. It reminds me of the many weeks I spent each year in the BWCA, and sadly... Because of an injury I have... I may never get to go back.
     
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    Barred owls hooting at dusk in the river swamp.... "who, who, who cooks for you?"
     
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    Great thread. It's making me sleepy, though.
     
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    Song birds ...
     
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    Water - Roaring surf, waterfalls, streams, even rain if i'm not getting soaked!
     
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    The best sound I ever heard in the bush was long a go. A school buddy and I (read city raised) were on a spring three day long weekend fishing trip. One evening we were walking up a old logging road that curved around a steep nob of a hill so we could not see very far in front of us at anytime. We were busy talking to each other and going slow because the snow we were walking in. For some reason we both look ahead and seen a bear about thirty feet away. We all seemed to see each other at the same moment! We all just looked at each other for what seemed a long time. The bear was the first to move, by running down the steep hillside grunting like crazy! Then we heard a noise above us, it was two cubs going as fast they could up the hill. Well, that was the end of the hike, because me and my friend were running as fast we could back down the road. When we were out of breath, we stopped and took stock of what weapons we had. One old folder knife (dull) and an oil lantern. We lit the lantern as fast we could, and continued running! I will never forget that mama bear grunting, and so glad she made the choice she did.
     
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    Agree with everyone. Two other sounds I really enjoy are the absolute silence in winter, followed by the low "boom" of the lake ice.
     
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    Distant thunder. And if you've heard it while at the grand canyon it is something amazing.
     
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    Oh boy, where to begin?! The call of a wood thrush at sunset, coyotes howling at dusk, hearing deer slowly walk beside you when they are nowhere in site, the sound of a campfire crackling Under a chorus of tree frogs, the list goes on. The real treasure is the lack of sound, that's when you know you're out there.
     
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    I haven't yet had the privilege of hearing a loon in the wild but I'll happily listen to recordings all day.

    Some of my favorites...
    Coyotes singing
    Campfire crackling
    The soft swish-thump-thump-swish of mountain bike tires rolling over some sweet single track
    Bacon hissing in the pan
    My wife yawning herself awake next to me in the tent
    The gurgle of water under a frozen creek
    Birdsong early in the morning

    And just for fun, a few outdoor sounds I "don't" like.
    ATVs
    Leaf blowers
    The barking of dogs bored silly because they're tied outside for hours every day
    Gunfire too close to where other people are camping
    Loud music, especially rap or country
    Chainsaws
     
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